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Interview: Folksinger Richard Shindell on his influences and his love of Cedar Rapids’ CSPS Hall

Songwriter, guitarist and folksinger Shindell returns to CSPS Hall on Wednesday night for a concert presented by Legion Arts. Tickets are still available — $18 in advance and $22 at the door — for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Shindell will be joined by Marc Shulman on electric guitar. […]

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CSPS Legion Arts-commissioned ‘Pang!’ premieres in Cedar Rapids, exploring poverty on stage

Pang! CSPS Hall — Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 21 at 4 and 8 p.m. Pang!, a production made up of three live radio plays about families struggling with hunger, will have its world premiere performances this weekend at CSPS Hall in the New Bohemia district of Cedar Rapids. Legion Arts, […]

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‘We kind of grew up together’: Mother and daughter pair Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche head to Iowa

Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche are, of course, well aware of the famous musical figures in their extended family. From The Roches, Suzzy’s vocal group with her sisters, to Lucy’s father Loudon Wainwright III and half-siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright — not to mention Lucy’s own solo efforts — there is plenty of musical firepower in the family. […]

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SPT Theatre celebrates 10 years of Tales from the Writers’ Room

The 10th season of Tales from the Writers’ Room kicks off, as it were, with 1st and 10, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23, at CSPS Hall. Performances, featuring sketch comedy, music and more, start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. […]

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SPT New Play Incubator Series captures honest emotion via beautiful language in ‘Conjure’

At the beginning and end of ‘Conjure,’ written by area poet and playwright Jennifer Rouse, the all-female cast joins hands and forms a circle, their faces turned inward toward one another. It’s a ceremonial act, and it signals and exemplifies the palpable bond linking these performers/characters. It also exemplifies the challenges the work poses to the audience. […]

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SHEL satisfies with strong sets at CSPS

No one needs to encourage the members of SHEL to come out of their shells. Legion Arts presented the band at CSPS in Cedar Rapids’ New Bo District on Saturday night (May 13), and SHEL pleased the crowd with two sets of music and funny, if sometimes awkward, banter. […]

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Mount Vernon’s Dan Bern to play two nights at CSPS Hall

Dan Bern CSPS Hall — Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. Mount Vernon’s own Dan Bern settles in to CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, for a two-night stint of lyrical folk delight. Earlier this year, the extremely prolific Bern released Adderal Holiday, his […]

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Whimsical new design exhibit opens Thursday at CSPS

Opening Reception: The Illuminated Paintings of the Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram CSPS Legion Arts — Thursday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Chicago artist Julia Anderson-Miller’s charming ink, pencil, watercolor and acrylic designs first appeared as illustrations in the 2014 Ice Cube Press publication The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, a collection of the witty […]

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Concert Across America to End Gun Violence to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City

Concert Across America to End Gun Violence CSPS Hall — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Concert Across America to End Gun Violence Trinity Episcopal Church — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Across the U.S. on the same evening, numerous concerts will be occurring, in 43 states, the Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C. — […]

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Hiawatha artist Blair Gauntt returns to visual roots with new book ‘George Orwell and His Magic Penguin’

Blair Gauntt and his longtime friend and collaborator Rich Dana were leading a hands-on zine making workshop at the 2015 edition of ICON — the long-running Iowa science fiction convention — when Gauntt picked up a ballpoint pen and started drawing. “I realized at that point I hadn’t drawn — I hadn’t made lines with […]

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Jen P. Harris closes exhibit and launches catalog

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Jen P. Harris: Closing Reception and Catalog Launch Legion Arts CSPS Hall — Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. Iowa City-based artist Jen P. Harris closes out her exhibit at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids this Sunday with a reception, an artist’s talk and a newly published catalog. The event runs from 2–4 p.m. Harris, […]

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